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Decent weather and busiest day so far

tirsdag 19. marts 2019
27 birds of 7 species
af Tim Micallef

Just as a promising dawn chorus indicated, the ringing started off well with numerous Blackbirds and Dunnocks. Goldcrests, Great Tits and a Blue Tit capture followed by mid-morning. A few Linnet, Siskin and Redpoll flocks were also observed from the station and the lighthouse garden, where the tree planting project needed some finishing touches in the sunshine.

By midday two 'pairs' of Siskin were ringed and released together, followed by a female Redpoll of the sub-species cabaret, sometimes referred to as the Lesser Redpoll. Apart from the new birds ringed, we also recaptured a few birds, namely a female Greenfinch ringed in a previous season.

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Acanthis flammea cabaret

Later, an evening walk over the dunes plus a quick visit to the ringing lab at the station provided quite a surprise. Flushing a Woodcock (Skovsneppe) was a lovely way to end the birding for the day. Its loud flight did not last long so it hopefully roosted nearby and not within the currently noisy military training area.

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Ringed birds: 14 Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Siskin, 1 Common Redpoll (ssp. cabaret), 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit

Folk: Bent, Xenia, Tim